Is This Any Way to Run a Country?

Republicans Conference

Uh, no. Remember this photo of Republicans ready to go to conference during the government shutdown? Something Democrats had been trying to get them to do since April? Well sir, the shutdown ended on October 17, the first meeting of the budget conference committee was yesterday, and what was accomplished? They decided to meet again […]

The Republican Rainbow

Thanks, Republicans, for giving us such a beautiful rainbow. You are doing a marvelous job. I don’t think the DNC could have asked for better support in jumping over purple and going to blue in many districts in the future. You have shown your true colors, and none of them are red, white or blue. […]

Posturing, Paychecks and Pink Slips

As I read through the Opinion section of the Army Times this past weekend, I was struck by the comments that soldiers were making regarding the sequester and never-ending game Congress plays with our troops. (They aren’t happy.) Actually I’ve been struck by a lot of things lately; I’m just more struck by the actions and […]

Another Day Older and Closer to Default

Tick, tick, tick. Every day the shutdown drags on and every day we edge just a little bit closer to default on the debt. A week ago I would have given the chances of default at about 20%. Today I would say the odds are 50-50, and growing more likely by the day. Why? Reading […]

All They Want for Christmas is President Romney

Osama bin Boehner released his list of demands yesterday–what he wants in exchange for freeing the debt ceiling hostage. The list includes: A one year delay in implementation of the ACA. An overhaul of the tax code. (Read more tax cuts for the top 1%). Construction of the Keystone XL pipeline. More offshore oil and […]

Battle for the soul of America

“It’s not the way that you say it when you do those things to me, it’s more the way that you mean it when you tell me what will be.” –Heyward I often get Paul Krugman and Thomas Friedman confused, so I can’t remember who addressed the now infamous 47 percent first, but it is […]

The ACTUAL State of the Bailout

ProPublica, a great independent website that helps cut through all the political spin, has a Bailout Tracker, which follows the flows of funds from the bailout.  Here’s their latest summary: The Bailout Scorecard Last update: Aug. 29, 2012 Altogether, accounting for both the TARP and the Fannie and Freddie bailout, $604 billion has gone out […]